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Arizona Fall League: Carson Kelly Goes Yard as Desert Dogs Lose

Believe it or not, there was baseball played somewhere else other than Wrigley Field on Saturday, and I'll tell you about it here!

Carson Kelly homered on Saturday for the Desert Dogs.
Carson Kelly homered on Saturday for the Desert Dogs.
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On Saturday afternoon, the Glendale Desert Dogs squared off against the Surprise Saguaros at Surprise Stadium in Arizona.

Saguaros 10, Desert Dogs 8

  • Carson Kelly (C): 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs, BB, R, K

Despite scoring seven runs in one inning, the Desert Dogs fell to the Saguaros on Saturday by a 10-8 final score.

In Glendale’s big sixth inning, Cardinals catcher Carson Kelly went yard for a three-run shot, his second of the AFL that accounted for his sixth, seventh, and eighth RBIs of the exhibition season. Following their breakout sixth, the ‘Dogs led the Saguaros, 8-7, but their shaky bullpen failed to hold the lead.

Joe Broussard, a right-handed hurler in the Dodgers’ organization, surrendered three runs -- including a two-run homer to Mauricio Ramos of the Royals -- across the sixth and seventh innings, as Glendale’s lead was erased and overwritten by a two-run advantage of the Saguaros that was still standing come game’s end.

Along with the homer, Ramos had a fine day at the dish for the Saguaros. A 24-year-old infielder in Kansas City’s farm system, Ramos drove in four of his team’s ten runs on Saturday, including a pair on the homer and the other two on a double. In 125 games at the Double-A level this year, Ramos slashed .288/.326/.406 with 28 doubles, a triple, six home runs, and 60 RBIs to go along with nine stolen bases and 40 runs scored.


Like always, the entire Arizona Fall League halts play on Sunday and will pick back up on Monday. The Desert Dogs will visit the Scottsdale Scorpions for a matchup that will begin at 7:35 p.m. CT. The Desert Dogs and Scorpions are tied for the worst record (3-8) in the AFL. For the hometown Scorpions, James Kaprielian of the Yankees will get the ball opposite of the Cardinals’ Austin Gomber.